Serge Mouille (France, 1922–1988)

Instantly recognizable by their long slender armatures and domed, ovoid shades, the best-known lamps and lighting fixtures of Serge Mouille have become emblems of the organic design of the mid-20th century. Along with Jean Prouvé, Mathieu Matégot and others, Mouille brought a fresh, modern aesthetic to metalwork, one of the most tradition-bound mediums in the decorative arts.


Mouille (pronounced: MWEE) was born to a working Parisian family. At age 15, he took up studies in the metalworking atelier of that École des Arts Appliqués, under the tutelage of the goldsmith and sculptor Gabriel Lacroix. After graduating, in 1941, Mouille worked in Lacroix’s studio and began teaching at the School of Applied Arts four years later. In the early 1950s, bothered by the preponderance of new Italian lamps and chandeliers on the market and consumed with the belief that fixtures by Gino Sarfatti and others were unnecessarily complex, Mouille opened a lighting-design workshop. He quickly won commissions from several French schools and libraries. In 1956, the influential Paris gallerist Steph Simon — who also promoted Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand and Isamu Noguchi — began to show Mouille designs, introducing his work to private collectors. Mouille would continue making handcrafted lighting fixtures at a slow but steady pace until 1964, when he stopped working to begin a long course of treatment for tuberculosis. When it was completed, Mouille returned to teaching at the École des Arts Appliqués for the remainder of his career.


With the biomorphic shades and long armatures of his fixtures, Mouille created one of the most engaging and idiosyncratic lighting aesthetics of his time. Though often described as “insect-like,” his pieces have more in common with the fluid, buoyant forms in the paintings of Jean Arp. (Mouille designed several cylindrical or columnar lamps; though highly collectible, those are interesting outliers in his body of work.) As with Prouvé’s folded metal forms and Matégot’s perforated steel, Mouille brought a novel lightness and energy to metal furnishings. Since Mouille’s designs found renewed popularity in the early 2000s, licensed re-editions of his pieces are being produced. The disparity in price between vintage and current-day Mouille pieces is great. Older works — identification tip: the interior white reflective enameling has a yellowish cast — cost $20,000 to $40,000, and newer pieces go for 10 to 20 percent less than that. As you will see on these pages, Serge Mouille created icons of 20th century design — at once sleek, suave and friendly — that belong in any modern decor.

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Serge Mouille 1950s Wall or Ceiling Lights

By Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille 1950s Wall or Ceiling Lights
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1950s French Wall Lights and Sconces
Metal
Pair of Serge Mouille lights in sculpted and painted metal, bronze hardware.
Serge Mouille Five-Arm Wall Light, France, 1950s

By Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille Five-Arm Wall Light, France, 1950s
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Aluminum
An extraordinary example of Mouille's work. The scale and delicacy of the spider like arms extending from the diminutive round mount creates a very impressive effect.
Serge Mouille Two Rotating Straight-Curved Arms Sc...
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Bronze, Steel
Two rotating straight-curved arms sconce lamp designed by Serge Mouille / Collection Serge Mouille. Made by hand in Mouille's original workroom - 1000 exemplar of each model per year...
Serge Mouille Standing Lamp One Arm

By Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille Standing Lamp One Arm
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Brass, Bronze
Standing lamp one-arm designed by Serge Mouille / collection Serge Mouille. Made by hand in Mouille's original workroom, 1000 exemplar of each model per year. The certificate show...
Serge Mouille "Murale" Pivoting Two-Armed Wall Light, France 1953
Serge Mouille "Murale" Pivoting Two-Armed Wall Lig...
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Aluminum, Brass, Steel
An extraordinary light by the renown French lighting designer Serge Mouille. This light like so many of his creations allows remarkable versatility with the ability to position the two...
Three-Arm Ceiling Lamp in Black by Serge Mouille

By Serge Mouille
Three-Arm Ceiling Lamp in Black by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Aluminum, Steel
Simple and elegant, this ceiling lamp makes a dramatic addition to a variety of room settings. With three rotating arms of differing lengths and heads that revolve and tilt, this lamp i...
Serge Mouille Spider Ceiling Lamp with Five Arms

By Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille Spider Ceiling Lamp with Five Arms
Serge Mouille
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pen...
Aluminum, Steel
Licensed re-edition produced by the family of Serge Mouille on the site of his original workshop. This ceiling lamp makes a dramatic addition to a variety of room settings. With five...
Standing Lamp with Three Arms in Black by Serge Mo...
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Aluminum, Steel
This is the most versatile lamp of the Mouille collection. Each ‘chapeau’ shade can be oriented differently. Sculptural in form with three rotating arms, it stands majestically on a tri...
Rare Pair of Original Antony Lamps, Serge Mouille, 1955

By Serge Mouille
Rare Pair of Original Antony Lamps, Serge Mouille,...
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Metal, Brass, Sheet Metal
The Antony model desk lamp was designed and created in 1955 for the student dormitories of Antony Hall of residence. 296 individual lamps were completed and only 60 are known to have s...
Saturne Sconce by Serge Mouille

By Serge Mouille
Saturne Sconce by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Aluminum, Steel
A partial cut allows the outer edge to bend revealing a sculpted ring encircling a central cone reflector to both diffuse and project light into the room. The result is reminiscent of a...
Saturne Desk Lamp by Serge Mouille

By Serge Mouille
Saturne Desk Lamp by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Steel, Aluminum
Taking the planet as inspiration, this desk lamp is a unique source of light, comparable to an eclipse. At the time, it was a revolutionary piece of metal work. Mounted on a brass swive...
Spider Three-Arm Ceiling Lamp by Serge Mouille in ...
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Aluminum, Steel
A slight angle at the end of each arm allows this Classic design to be equally at home on the ceiling. With rotating heads on fixed arms, the versatility is only rivaled by it beauty. ...
Wall Sconce 3 Rotating Arms by Serge Mouille in Bl...
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Aluminum, Steel
With arms measuring 52, 58 and 88 inches, this sconce can project light into a room at varying angles due to the independent rotation of each arm and each shade. Switches located on mou...
Spider Ceiling Lamp with Five Arms by Serge Mouille

By Serge Mouille
Spider Ceiling Lamp with Five Arms by Serge Mouill...
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Aluminum, Steel
Elegance in form and function are hallmarks of a Serge Mouille lamp. This ceiling lamp with rotating heads on five fixed arms is the perfect compromise between illuminating an interior ...
Ceiling Lamp with Six Rotating Arms in Black and W...
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Aluminum, Steel
Impressively large, this six-arm ceiling lamp is a Mouille Classic. Tilting and rotating heads with rotating arms of 31 and 54 inches make this fixture a truly spectacular statement in ...
Wall Sconce Three Rotating Arms by Serge Mouille i...
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Aluminum, Steel
With arms measuring 52, 58 and 88 inches, this sconce can project light into a room at varying angles due to the independent rotation of each arm and each shade. Switches located on mou...
Two-Arm Ceiling Lamp by Serge Mouille in White

By Serge Mouille
Two-Arm Ceiling Lamp by Serge Mouille in White
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Aluminum, Steel
Simple and unique this ceiling lamp has two symmetrical curved arms which are fixed, with shades that can be rotated to any position. An elegant lamp with a small footprint that gives c...
Standing Lamp with Three Arms in White by Serge Mo...
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Aluminum, Steel
This is the most versatile lamp of the Mouille collection. Each ‘chapeau’ shade can be oriented differently. Sculptural in form with three rotating arms, it stands majestically on a tri...
Ceiling Lamp with Six Rotating Arms in Black by Se...
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Aluminum, Steel
Impressively large, this six-arm ceiling lamp is a Mouille Classic. Tilting and rotating heads with rotating arms of 31 and 54 inches make this fixture a truly spectacular statement in ...
Serge Mouille Floor Lamp by Ateliers Serge Mouille in France

By Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille Floor Lamp by Ateliers Serge Mouille...
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Lacquer
Very rare floor lamp designed by Serge Mouille. Produced by Ateliers Serge Mouille in France.
Serge Mouille Desk Lamp

By Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille Desk Lamp
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1960s French Table Lamps
Bronze
Serge Mouille, 1958, clamp Lamp with two ball and socket joints. Sculpted and painted metal with bronze hardware.
Serge Mouille Spider Seven Still Arms Sconce Lamp
Serge Mouille Spider Seven Still Arms Sconce Lamp
Serge Mouille
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sco...
Bronze, Steel
Spider Seven Still Arms Sconce Lamp designed by Serge Mouille / Collection Serge Mouille. Made by hand in Mouille's original workroom - 1000 exemplar of each model per year. The ...
Serge Mouille Five Rotating Straight Arms Sconce L...
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Bronze, Steel
Five rotating straight arms sconce lamp designed by Serge Mouille / collection Serge Mouille. Made by hand in Mouille's original workroom - 1000 exemplar of each model per year. ...
Serge Mouille Conche Sconce Lamp

By Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille Conche Sconce Lamp
Serge Mouille
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sco...
Bronze, Steel
Conche sconce lamp designed by Serge Mouille / collection Serge Mouille. Made by hand in Mouille's original workroom - 1000 exemplar of each model per year. The certificate shown on ...
Pair of Serge Mouille Oeil Sconce Lamps

By Serge Mouille
Pair of Serge Mouille Oeil Sconce Lamps
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Bronze, Steel
Oeil sconce lamps designed by Serge Mouille / Collection Serge Mouille. Made by hand in Mouille's original workroom - 1000 exemplar of each model per year. The certificate shown on t...
Rare "Drosera" Table Lamp by Serge Mouille

By Serge Mouille
Rare "Drosera" Table Lamp by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Metal
Rare "Drosera" Table Lamp by Serge Mouille. Originally designed and manufactured in France circa 1960's. Enameled metal. Rewired for US sockets with black french twist silk cord. Takes ...
Applique Simple à Deux Bras by Serge Mouille

By Serge Mouille
Applique Simple à Deux Bras by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Metal
Applique Simple à Deux Bras by Serge Mouille. Designed and manufactured by Ateliers Serge Mouille in France, circa 1970s. Enameled aluminum and steel. Arms articulate left/right. Rewire...
Vintage Serge Mouille Applique

By Serge Mouille, Steph Simon
Vintage Serge Mouille Applique
Serge Mouille, Steph Simon
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Aluminum, Brass, Steel
Appliqué a bras pivotante (wall lamp with pivoting arm) of enameled steel and brass with enameled aluminum "Casquette" reflector and brass ball-and-socket joint. An original Atelier Ser...
Serge Mouille Seven Still Arms Ceiling Sconce Lamp
Serge Mouille Seven Still Arms Ceiling Sconce Lamp...
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Bronze, Steel
Seven Still arms ceiling sconce lamp designed by Serge Mouille / Collection Serge Mouille. Made by hand in Mouille's original workroom 1000 exemplar of each model per year. The certi...
Serge Mouille Style Three-Arm Floor Lamp with European Electrical Plug
Serge Mouille Style Three-Arm Floor Lamp with Euro...
Serge Mouille
21st Century and Contemporary European Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Brass, Steel
Offered for sale is a modernist floor lamp after Serge Mouille. A copy of the original, this lamp was acquired from an estate on Miami Beach. This large-scale Three-Arm Floor Lamp (1952...
Serge Mouille Single Arm Pivoting Wall Light with "Moule" Shade, France, 1950s
Serge Mouille Single Arm Pivoting Wall Light with ...
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Brass, Aluminum
Another classic design by Serge Mouile, always designed with simplicity and functionality.
Serge Mouille Single Shade Floor Lamp for Altelier Serge Mouille, France, 1950s
Serge Mouille Single Shade Floor Lamp for Altelier...
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Brass, Aluminum, Steel
The simplicity of this floor lamp makes it both beautiful and functional.
Serge Mouille Three Rotating Arms Floor Lamp

By Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille Three Rotating Arms Floor Lamp
Serge Mouille
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Bronze, Steel
Three rotating arms floor lamp designed by Serge Mouille / Collection Serge Mouille. Made by hand in Mouille's original workroom - 1000 exemplar of each model per year. The certifica...
Three-Arm Ceiling Lamp in Black by Serge Mouille

By Serge Mouille
Three-Arm Ceiling Lamp in Black by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Aluminum, Steel
Simple and elegant, this ceiling lamp makes a dramatic addition to a variety of room settings. With 3 rotating arms of differing lengths and heads that revolve and tilt, this lamp is ca...
Serge Mouille Library Ceiling Lamp

By Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille Library Ceiling Lamp
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Aluminum, Steel
This is a certified re-edition, produced by the Mouille family on the site of Serge Mouille's original workshop. Originally designed to illuminate bookshelves in a library, this uniqu...
Serge Mouille Eye Sconce

By Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille Eye Sconce
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Aluminum, Steel
This sconce is a certified re-edition, produced by the family of Serge Mouille on the site of his original workshop. The Mouille “œil” or eye sconce is named for the shape of the shade...
Serge Mouille "Agrafee" Clamp on Desk Lamp, France, 1950s

By Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille "Agrafee" Clamp on Desk Lamp, France...
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Brass, Aluminum
Every light Mouille designed has become a Classic but few lamps are more Classic than the simple clamp on desk lamp.
Serge Mouille Two Still Arms and One Curved Arm by...
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1950s Chandeliers and Pendants
Our latest addition to the collection.
Serge Mouille Brass and Black Aluminium Mid-Centur...
Serge Mouille
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sco...
Aluminum, Brass, Steel
Sconce two rotating straight arms design by Serge Mouille in 1953. Measure: 97 / 134 x H 75 cm 38.2 D / 52.8 D x 29.5 H inches. Given the rarity of Serge Mouille lamps, in 1999 h...
Serge Mouille Brass and Aluminum Mid-Century Moder...
Serge Mouille
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sco...
Aluminum, Brass, Steel
Sconce one rotating curved arm design by Serge Mouille in 1953. Measure: Length 99 cm (39 inches) Given the rarity of Serge Mouille lamps, in 1999 his widow Gin decided to introdu...
Serge Mouille Petite Saturne Sconce Lights, France, 1950s

By Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille Petite Saturne Sconce Lights, France...
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Brass, Aluminum
Another unique and wonderful design from the renown French lighting designer Serge Mouille. The light has been designed to shield the bulb and the pivoting arm assists in controlling th...
Large Signal Floor Lamp by Serge Mouille

By Serge Mouille
Large Signal Floor Lamp by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Steel
Steel pedestals featuring a combination of incandescent and fluorescent lighting. Each glows through rhythmical cuts in solid panes. The upper part is composed of four elements taken...
Medium Signal Floor Lamp by Serge Mouille

By Serge Mouille
Medium Signal Floor Lamp by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Steel
Steel pedestals featuring a combination of incandescent and fluorescent lighting. Each glows through rhythmical cuts in solid panes. The upper part is composed of four elements taken...
French Original 1950s Sconce by Serge Mouille

By Serge Mouille
French Original 1950s Sconce by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1950s French Wall Lights and Sconces
French original vintage (not a re-edition) black lacquered sconce by Serge Mouille with brass details. Shade and arm are adjustable.
Serge Mouille Brass and Aluminum Mid-Century Moder...
Serge Mouille
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pen...
Aluminum, Brass, Steel
Ceiling lamp three rotating arms design by Serge Mouille in 1958. Measure: 85 x 135 x 110 x H 60 cm 33 D / 43 D / 53 D x 24 H inches Given the rarity of Serge Mouille lamps, in 1...
Serge Mouille Brass and Black Aluminum Mid-Century...
Serge Mouille
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sco...
Aluminum, Brass, Steel
Sconce two rotating arms, one straight, one curved design by Serge Mouille in 1953. Measure: 113/175 x H 70 cm 45 D/69 D x 28 H inches Given the rarity of Serge Mouille lamps, in...
Large TOTEM Standing Lamp by Serge Mouille

By Serge Mouille
Large TOTEM Standing Lamp by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Steel
In his post black shapes period, Serge Mouille experimented with color and columns. With the TOTEM, he stacked cylindrical shades around a central lighting element. By alternating the s...
Small Totem Floor Lamp by Serge Mouille

By Serge Mouille
Small Totem Floor Lamp by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Steel
In his post black shapes period, Serge Mouille experimented with color and columns. With the Totem, he stacked cylindrical shades around a central lighting element. By alternating the s...
Rotating Two-Arm Sconce by Serge Mouille

By Serge Mouille
Rotating Two-Arm Sconce by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Aluminum, Steel
A practical lamp that is capable of illuminating two areas at the same time. The arms independently rotate while the shades tilt and revolve on their own accord. A Dual switch on the mo...
Serge Mouille Original Wall Lamp "Oeil", Eye Sconce, France, 1953

By Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille Original Wall Lamp "Oeil", Eye Sconc...
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
"Oeil" wall lamp by French designer and craftsman Serge Mouille. Original French edition from the 1950s (1953-1958). Black lacquered metal, black and white lacquered aluminium shade a...
One-Arm Sconce by Serge Mouille

By Serge Mouille
One-Arm Sconce by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Aluminum, Steel
The one-arm sconce is both stylish and practical as it can be used in many different design applications. The shade tilts and revolves on a brass fitting while the arm swings providing ...
Saturn Desk Lamp by Serge Mouille

By Serge Mouille
Saturn Desk Lamp by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Aluminum, Steel
Taking the planet as inspiration, this desk lamp is a unique source of light, comparable to an eclipse. At the time, it was a revolutionary piece of metal work. Mounted on a brass swiv...
Three-Arm Spider Sconce by Serge Mouille in Black

By Serge Mouille
Three-Arm Spider Sconce by Serge Mouille in Black
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Aluminum, Steel
With three stationary arms projecting from the central mount into the room, this lamp becomes a reference point while illuminating the surroundings. Each lamp head tilts and revolves. ...
Rotating One Arm Curved Sconce by Serge Mouille

By Serge Mouille
Rotating One Arm Curved Sconce by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Aluminum, Steel
The one arm curved sconce is both stylish and practical as it can be used in many different design applications. The shade tilts and revolves on a brass fitting while the arm swings pro...
Double Swivel Sconce by Serge Mouille

By Serge Mouille
Double Swivel Sconce by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Aluminum, Steel
The one straight arm, two swivels, is a perfect solution for smaller spaces as it offers a variety of lighting options. This sconce is highly adjustable, with brass swivels, on the base...
Ceiling Lamp with Three Rotating Arms in White by Serge Mouille
Ceiling Lamp with Three Rotating Arms in White by ...
Serge Mouille
20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Aluminum, Steel
Simple and elegant, this ceiling lamp makes a dramatic addition to a variety of room settings. With three rotating arms of differing lengths and heads that swivel and tilt, this lamp is...
Standing Lamp with Three Arms in Black by Serge Mo...
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Aluminum, Steel
This is the most versatile lamp of the Mouille collection. Each ‘chapeau’ shade can be oriented differently. Sculptural in form with three rotating arms, it stands majestically on a tri...
Large Snail Ceiling Lamp by Serge Mouille

By Serge Mouille
Large Snail Ceiling Lamp by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Steel
A snail shell provides the inspiration for this lamp with its swirling cut-out in the circular shade. Light projects downward through the opening while the shade causes light to reflect...
Small Snail Ceiling Lamp by Serge Mouille

By Serge Mouille
Small Snail Ceiling Lamp by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Steel
A snail shell provides the inspiration for this lamp with its swirling cut-out in the circular shade. Light projects downward through the opening while the shade causes light to reflect...
Rotating Five-Arm Sconce by Serge Mouille

By Serge Mouille
Rotating Five-Arm Sconce by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Aluminum, Steel
A large rotating sconce that creates a focal point in a room and is able to project deep into a space with each arm rotating independently from each other for maximum flexibility. As wi...